Thursday, September 27, 2012

Math Stations

We officially started our math stations this week.  The past couple of weeks we have been going over procedures and have been exploring all the math manipulatives in our classroom.  We have created our Math Norms together and I am happy to say that most of the children know them by heart!

Math Norms

1. Be kind and share.
2. Use quiet voices
3. Use math talk (patterns, shapes, problems).
4. Take turns.
5. Put materials away neatly.

Math Workshop Schedule

Mini lesson (Whole group guided practice) 15 minutes
Math station rotation #1 (I meet with 1 or 2  small groups) 15 minutes
Math station rotation #2 (I meet with 1 or 2  small groups) 15 minutes
Reflect and sharing time (Whole group) 5 minutes

Math Management Board

There are 10 math stations.  I have paired the students and they travel together to each station.  This is what our math station board looks like:
I do have 7 other students that are on a different math board.  This is the grade 2 math board.  The grade 1 board is in Mrs. Wakeman's room.  My grade 1's take the bucket from Mrs. Wakeman's room and bring into my room. (We are an open concept school and she is right beside me.)

Stations We Are Currently Working On

Students are fishing with a metre stick with a magnet attached.
Each fish has an addition question on it that they record on the recording sheet.

The girls are working at the puzzle station.

An addition and subtraction game involving chocolate chip cookies!

iPad Station

Smartboard Station (using

2 boys playing domino war.

Lastly, we have a problem solving station.  Last year we had notebooks that the students would put a pre made label in their book and use pictures, numbers and words to figure out the problem.  This year because we are trying to go as paperless as possible, we are trying this on the iPads using the ShowMe app.  The students take a picture of the problem and then solve it.  Here is an example:

How do you run your math program?  I would love for you to share.  I am always looking for new ideas.


  1. Mrs. Wideen's class,
    We like the Show Me app you used for math. We liked how you counted with the lady bugs. We count in school too. We like your Ipads, they are very cool. Your fishing was very interesting and we like the magnets. We wish we could play that one, too. Your Smart Board is different from ours. We like yours, too. Thank you for showing us all of this. Your Show Me was funny and good.
    Mrs. Ruckes' Class

  2. Mrs. Ruckes Class,
    Do you do math stations? We do math stations every day. It is one of our most favourite things to do at school. What is your favourite thing to do at school?

    Mrs. Wideens' Class